Who are we, and where are we from?


Throughout our childhood, we remain curious to know about all of our surroundings, and we ask too many questions, and sometimes they get answered and sometimes not. Some of the questions that everyone asks at least once in their lifetime are: Who are we? Where are we from? And what does it mean to be me?

Maybe you have asked yourself these questions. But it is not that easy to answer these questions because humanity is always trying to find answers to them. Some say they find their purpose in life, and some say they know what it means to be us. But it depends on everyone’s perspective.

It is now time to find out how much humanity has known ourselves. To take a look, we should look at different points of view from the angles of science, philosophy, and religion.

Who are we, and where are we from?


The Most Difficult Questions of Humanity

To begin with, we should know about the origin of the universe. The universe is everything: all the space, matter, energy, time, and more. We don’t know that much about the universe because it is full of mysteries.

Some religions say it was made by the creator, God, or divine power, but many scientists and philosophers believe that it was created with the sudden expansion of space-time and energy. Whatever the case, today’s science and proofs are in the fever of scientists and philosophers.

Where We Are From: The Origin of the Universe

It is believed that the universe began with the Big Bang. What was there before? It will always be a mystery to us. It is because what we see today was created after the Big Bang. And according to the current understanding of physics and the universe, there is no way to go before it. What was before will not affect the present.

As the universe began its expansion about 13.7 billion years ago, there was an extremely dense, high-temperature space. As its expansion continued, it began to cool and start to form the light elements we know today: hydrogen and helium. As the years pass, the universe becomes cooler and cooler, forming clouds of hydrogen and helium.

Who are we, and where are we from?


As a result of gravitational collapse, these clouds start to collapse and form the heavier objects we call stars today. Some of the heavier stars that formed earlier created the abundance of heavier elements essential for the beginning of life. It is expected that about 4.5 billion years ago, our sun was created. And the surrounding dust around the sun created the solar system that we now call home.

Time passes, and our solar system becomes a stable structure with all of its members—the sun, the earth, the moon, all the planets, and more—as we see today. The moon stabilizes the speed of the earth, and the abundance of some life-supporting elements such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, etc. started their magic for the creation of life. By the time the earth becomes cooler, it starts to rain. The creation of nucleic acids, single-cellular organisms, and multi-cellular organisms all resulted in the first life of the earth.

Throughout history, the earth has faced many challenges and evolved many species. Initially, there was the evolution of small-acquatic lives and then terriestrial. It took hundreds of millions of years, but dinosaurs finally took over from 245 to 66 million years ago. It was the asteroidal impact that challenged their survival, and they went extinct.

It was time for the remaining life to struggle for existence, and then finally, some of the mammals started to dominate the earth. As time passes, the struggle for survival forces them to use the natural resources for their own benefit. It may be grouping themselves, domesticating others, cultivating, living in places that are safer, easier to get food from, etc. It was their own struggle and competition that made them the strongest among their competitors.

Some of the ancestors of humans are expected to be apes, chimpanzees, gorillas, etc. They started to use their surroundings in favor of themselves. Over time, they learned about a few fundamental phenomena like fire, the usage of metal, the seasons, the positions of some stars, and some everyday occurrences and evolved into humans, but too many things remained mysteries, such as how and why everything is happening. Why are days and nights there? Who created us? Our origins?

Somehow it became their nature that when they don’t know something, they start to assume it. All of the mysteries around them make it convenient for them to believe in some of the creators. When things weren’t in control, they started to pray for someone who was more powerful than themselves. Situations would sometimes work out well for them, and other times not. They began to think they would be gifted if they could make their creator happy.

This was the origin of believing in someone more powerful and stronger. Their grouping of people and collaboration on projects enhance their survival, and they start to create rules and regulations to maintain order and ensure fairness within their communities. They started to become civilized and use more and more natural resources for their own benefit. This was the time when things were almost perfect; there was no religion, no caste, no money, and no country. They only use nature and natural resources to survive and protect themselves from their enemies. But things started to change when they got curious more and more.

Who are we, and where are we from?


Purpose of Existence

The only question at that time was finding out why all this was happening. The study of the purpose of existence. The only thing that divided them was that some believed in the creator, God, and divine power, and some tried to find the reason behind everything. Those who tried to answer and became able to answer were considered the wise ones, and people started to follow them. They continued to create different beliefs and different creators.

Religious Perspectives: Those who believe in the Creator and God define their own religious beliefs, what we call today cristianism, Hinduism, Islamism, Baudism, and more. It all started to grow with civilization, and the beliefs of people became stronger and stronger. And in today’s world, it has become our part of life, and we can’t escape from it.

Scientific Perspectives: On the other hand, those who didn’t believe in creators created their own beliefs and world; we call them scientists.

It is still debated who is right and who is wrong. However, some of the mysteries have been solved by the second, and everything is on its side.

Nature vs. nurture

It is the debate about how we grew and what shapes us to be here. It is the influence of our surroundings or what we got when we were born. Some believe our characters and beliefs are set by our birth, and some believe it is by the environment in which we grew up. Whatever the case, both of these factors definitely play important roles.

Who are we, and where are we from?


Geographical Roots and Cultural Divisions

Throughout the evolution, almost all of the species traveled through the various locations. It might be due to the search for food, safe shelter, or curiosity. Some choose to settle, either because of the location or because of geographical restrictions, and some continue to search for a favorable environment. That is how all the races begin to develop their own unique geographical roots. These roots shape not only the physical characteristics of a race but also their cultural practices, traditions, and ways of life.

As generations pass, these roots become stronger and stronger and become an integral part of the identity of each race. They form the foundation upon which societies are built, influencing everything from language and art to social structures and belief systems.

Who are we?

As the knowledge of humanity grows, people start to compete for resources and power, leading to conflicts and divisions. All these lead people to create boundaries and start to think only of themselves and their own interests. It doesn’t mean people didn’t fight before; it means all these things grew with time.

Throughout all this, some wise minds were still searching for the reasons for their existence. They start to realize that we are not that different from our surroundings, and we share similar characteristics and connections with the world around us. We are just the most evolved and smartest, and we are still deeply interconnected with the rest of the universe. It might be because of the contributions of philosophers, scientists, and wise minds that we are still knowing ourselves and discovering the true extent of our existence.

Shaping Worldview

Up until now, we have discussed how we evolved through the process of evolution from the origin of the universe. It is a rough sketch of our past as we know it now. It may be the theory of Darwinism or Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time; these are all sources of understanding. However, there is still much more to uncover and understand about our origins and the complexities of our existence.

Who are we, and where are we from?


To know who we are, we can compare ourselves with the world around us. Let’s start by exploring the vastness of the universe and the mysteries it holds. As we all know, there are about 8 billion people in the world, and they are from only one species. If we look at our surroundings, we are not the only ones; there are also too many animals, plants, and other forms of life that coexist with us on this planet. That all fits within the earth. And Earth is only a medium-sized planet that exists in the solar system. We know that there are numerous other planets and satellites in our solar system. And scientists say that our solar system is tiny dust in comparison with the size of our own galaxy, as it contains about 100 billion stars. And there are 200 billion to 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe. It is only the observable part of our universe, and we don’t know that much about the rest of it. Additionally, scientific theories imply the existence of parallel universes as part of the multiverse. How many multiverse exits are out of our minds now?

Who are we, and where are we from?


Knowing all these, we are just nothing, and we are left with more questions than answers. Actually, who we are and what our purpose is in this vast and complex universe remains a mystery. We can expect ourselves to be something that exists in the vast life span of the universe that can question and think. Ask why we are? Who are we? We are not all that different from a stone that has been eroded and weathered over time. The only difference is that we are curious, and if we are not, then we are just existing like stones in this infinite cosmos.

Impact on Identity

We all want to know because we are curious, and what does all the knowledge, all the discussion, and everything else matter without humanity? We think, therefore, we are. Without us, everything will go according to nature: how it wants, where it wants, and what it wants. It is our curiosity that makes us who we are.


In conclusion, exploration of who we are and where we are from is not just a journey through geographical origins; it is a deeper look into our identity, culture, and the stories that have shaped us. As individuals, our unique backgrounds and experiences weave a rich tapestry that contributes to the diversity of our global community. Embracing our roots, whether they stem from the soil beneath our feet or the stories passed down through generations, allows for a deeper understanding of ourselves and those around us.

As we dive into the complexities of our origins, we uncover shared human experiences and values that bind us together. The question of “who we are” goes beyond borders and unearths the common threads that connect us as a global society. It is a reminder that, despite our differences, we are part of a collective narrative that continues to evolve.

So, whether we trace our roots to the rolling hills of a small town or the bustling streets of a vibrant city, our stories contribute to the mosaic of humanity. Understanding our origin is not just a historical exercise; it is an ongoing journey of self-discovery and connection with others.

As we navigate the complexities of our identities and celebrate the diversity that defines us, we recognize that the answer to “who we are and where we are from” is ever-evolving. It is a dynamic narrative shaped by our experiences, relationships, and the continuous pursuit of understanding.

Additional Resources


  1. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – Delve deeper into the complexities of the universe and its origins with this renowned physicist’s exploration.
  2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari – Gain insights into the evolution of Homo sapiens and the impact of cultural developments on our species.
  3. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins – Explore the concept of natural selection and how it shapes the behavior of living organisms, including humans.
  4. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle – Reflect on the present moment and the nature of consciousness in this spiritual classic.


  1. “The Big Bang: What Really Happened at Our Universe’s Birth?” – A comprehensive overview of the Big Bang theory and its implications. https://www.livescience.com/16660-big-bang-origins-universe-birth.html
  2. “Nature vs. Nurture: What Really Shapes Who We Are?” – Explore the ongoing debate on the influence of genetics and the environment on human behavior. https://www.scienceofpeople.com/nature-vs-nurture/
  3. “The Origins of Religion” – A scientific perspective on the evolutionary roots of religious beliefs in human societies.
  4. “Cultural Roots and Their Impact on Society” – Examine the relationship between geographical roots, cultural practices, and societal structures.


  1. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a documentary series that explores the wonders of the universe and our place within it.
  2. Human: The World Within – A documentary series that explores the biological and psychological aspects of being human.
  3. The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman – Morgan Freeman examines various aspects of human history and the shared experiences that connect us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ku-XWZuwH0

Fostering Curiosity:

  1. TED Talks: Explore TED Talks on topics related to science, philosophy, and cultural evolution to stimulate thought and curiosity.
  2. Online Courses: Platforms like Coursera, edX, and Khan Academy offer courses on a wide range of subjects, allowing readers to deepen their understanding.
  3. Philosophy Podcasts: Listen to philosophy podcasts that discuss existential questions, ethics, and the nature of consciousness.
  4. Museum Visits: Visit museums and exhibitions that focus on astronomy, anthropology, and cultural history for a hands-on and immersive learning experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is there a consensus among scientists, philosophers, and religious beliefs on the origin of the universe?

A: No, there is no unanimous agreement. Different perspectives exist, with religious beliefs attributing creation to a divine power, while scientific theories, such as the Big Bang, explain it through natural processes like the sudden expansion of space-time and energy.

Q: What triggered the beginning of the universe?

A: The universe is believed to have originated from the Big Bang, an event that occurred approximately 13.7 billion years ago. What existed before the Big Bang remains a mystery, as the current understanding of physics suggests that events prior to it do not impact the present.

Q: How did the universe evolve to its current state?

A: The universe expanded, cooled, and formed light elements like hydrogen and helium. Over time, these elements led to the creation of stars, galaxies, and eventually our solar system. The Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago, paving the way for the development of life.

Q: How do different perspectives, religious and scientific, explain the purpose of existence?

A: Religious perspectives often attribute the purpose of existence to a creator or divine power, resulting in various religions like Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, etc. Scientific perspectives, on the other hand, focus on understanding the natural processes and origins of life, challenging the notion of a specific creator.

Q: What shapes our identities, nature, or nurture?

A: This remains a debate between those who believe that our characters and beliefs are predetermined by birth (nature) and those who argue that our environment and upbringing shape who we become (nurture). Both factors are considered influential in shaping an individual.

Q: How do geographical roots impact cultural practices and traditions?

A: Throughout evolution, species migrated for various reasons, influencing the development of unique geographical roots. These roots, shaped by physical characteristics and cultural practices, become ingrained in a society over generations.

Q: How has humanity’s worldview evolved through time?

A: Humanity’s worldview has evolved from a simpler existence focused on survival and collaboration to a more complex state with conflicts, divisions, and varied perspectives on existence. Wise minds and thinkers have played a role in shaping our understanding.

Q: What is the significance of our curiosity in understanding our identity?

A: Curiosity is fundamental to our identity. It drives us to explore, question, and seek understanding. Without our curiosity, we would be no different from natural elements, and our ability to question our existence and purpose defines who we are.

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